Have you ever driven behind someone that was going ten miles-per-hour behind the speed limit, and then when they did get off the road, they take those 10 unnecessary seconds to take an extra slow right turn? Yes, anger is perhaps the leading emotion you feel at that time. Anger is what I feel too when I’m trying to follow a manga’s storyline that isn’t going anywhere because of their slow release schedule. If you are going this slow, either finish quickly or don’t drive at all!
I admit, I am spoiled by weekly manga magazines like Shonen Jump
. Every week I get a nice section of a bigger story that I can actively follow throughout my life. Hell, I would love a new chapter of One Piece
every day, but 20 or so pages of story line per week is enough for me. However, 20 pages of Berserk
per month, or every other month is painful. But it isn’t just painful, it’s hard to get emotionally attached to anything when you get such an insignificant taste of it every month.
The two biggest manga series guilty of this crime against humanity are Berserk and Hunter X Hunter
. The sad part is, Hunter X Hunter is supposed to be released weekly, but since the mangaka decides to take a break every other chapter or so, it feels like the manga is going nowhere.
Hunter x Hunter Vol 24
Now I know these are not the only two manga that are slow like this, and it isn’t always a bad thing because you can always experience them later as collected volumes. But even then these volumes are held back because of the mangaka’s slow release schedule, and if this goes on for too long the emotional link between the reader and the manga breaks, and the reader stops caring. The only way to fix it then is to end the manga. I don’t care if a manga is long, its just the long, slow ones that need to be concluded as quickly as possible.
The best way to experience these stories is just to wait for the manga volumes to be released and read them that way. Or just wait until the manga finishes, and read the entire thing then. Just please, what ever you do, put me out of my misery.